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Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 3:56pm
I'd give it 5 days, if you're going too fast you can always stop and enjoy the sights.
Nice camping at Dol-Llys Farm, Llanidloes. It's only a 10 minute cycle into town, good pubs etc. The site has a kitchenette with microwave and kettle, saves brewing up in your tent.
Pencelli Castle near Brecon: well-run site, a bit expensive. Village setting on the Brecon canal with nice pubs.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 3:39pm
From memory, going from Bordeaux to Roscoff there are only two places where map reading was a bit difficult. At the île de Noirmoutier the official route uses a tidal road which is only open a few hours each day. If this is impassable, as it was for us, there is no obvious alternative unless you want to cycle on busy roads. The other was the slightly tricky point at which you leave the canal at Carhaix Plouguer, which was not well signposted and only the GPS told us we had missed the turn off. However, you can't really get lost, it is France after all and there is always a road you can use.

The only advantage of a guidebook I can see would be if it gave you some historical information about what you are seeing on the route. If you look at the website you can see enough of the route to mark it on a map and then use that. A GPS is handy, but not essential.

Re: Lon Las Cymru - 4 or 5 days

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 3:05pm
I got to Holyhead about lunchtime and just made it to Porthmadog in time for B&B at 7pm. Day 2 to Machynlleth. Big hill to Rhayader and Builth Wells (unpleasant for not obvious reason) on Day 3. Final day all the way to Cardiff Bay.
It is hilly after Anglesey but what goes up must come down (fun). Watch out for old road South of Llanidloes that turns into a boggy bridleway (unless it's fixed now?). Path over Beacons isn't as grim as it looks (tramway gradient) and then it's all down the valley on a railway path. Don't get lost in Merthyr. Brilliant ride in a beautiful country. When you've done go back and repeat on a mountain bike - epic.

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 1:20pm
The company I had a problem with, Huse Transport, is a three man band apparently. I could try phoning but I think I may just get an abusive response and/or denial.

Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 1:17pm
TrevA wrote:
The Peak District trails are not too bad in this respect. They are quite wide and very well used which stops most of the encroachment. I've not noticed a problem with trees. The surface (fine gravel) isnt really suitable for road bikes bikes but OK on tourers, hybrids and MTBs.

TBH the Tissi and High Peak paths could be an awful lot better.The Manifold can be bad in parts, for verge encroachment,overhanging branches and fallen leaves which are never swept up in Autumn.

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 11:46am
Write back to them and tell them that as they have failed to address your genuine concerns regarding their operation of HGVs, you will be addressing these concerns with their Traffic Commissioner. Write to their local Traffic Commissioner, explaining your concerns. I guarantee you will now be taken seriously.

Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 11:37am
MikeF wrote:The problem with many of routes such as this is that money is not put aside for maintenance. It's all very well creating these facilities, but often after a few years they deteriorate because of lack of maintenance and/or poor design.
Vegetation is often a main problem - not just the small stuff which can be trimmed back, but also the trees which are often allowed to grow. It doesn't matter what the surface, anything more than scrub on the sides of a path is a potential problem and overhanging trees will definitely be a problem. Drainage also is often not given any thought.

The Peak District trails are not too bad in this respect. They are quite wide and very well used which stops most of the encroachment. I've not noticed a problem with trees. The surface (fine gravel) isnt really suitable for road bikes bikes but OK on tourers, hybrids and MTBs.

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 11:04am
I never did hear back from the company.
Please excuse the language.

http://youtu.be/3X61xx6ABOQ

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 10:57am
I've looked for an English translation of the Cartovelo book - I don't think it has been. I'm going to manage without.
I do have a gps though...
if you don't, or don't want to, you can still do a lot of preparation on your computer. You can indeed download .gpx files from the Velodyssee site after registering. These however are short sections, about 19 in all. There are also .gpx files for bigger segments available without registration. I have yet to find out if there are detail differences between the two sets. If you don't have a gps the bigger ones might be more convenient for you.
Download the bits you need. This site: http://gpx2kml.com/ will convert them into a form that can be used by Google Earth, and then you can see where you are going, make notes about any vague bits, use Streetview to check for one way systems etc. etc
Nearl as good as having already been there...

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 9:44am
I had a very similar experience last week, I have posted it on Youtube with company name and vehicle reg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSgZoy_3IfQ My thinking is that police will not be bothered with such trivia until something serious actually happens, but if there is previous evidence on the net then they may just find it and use it to help prosecute. OTOH maybe they do not do such searches and it would be better to send the evidence to the police in any case?

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 9:09am
For the top section there is also a voies vertes book in French and also, in English, a guide to the nantes brest canal. Try stanfords for more sections. They do the Velodysee book too although I couldn't see it in their online directory but a smooch round their Covent garden shop usually turns up all sorts of cycling goodies maps and books wise.

They also have a shop in bristol, I don't know if there are any others.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 8:58am
We did it without a book and an account can be found here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/France2013 and the official website for the route is: http://www.velodyssey.com/ which you need to register on in order to download the GPX tracks. But be careful of these as they are written for going north to south so in some cities you may find one way systems prevent you following the track. Biarritz was the worst offender but this won't trouble you.

Re: Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 8:50am
We've ridden parts of the route and found the sign posting very good so it's quite possible to do the route without a guide book.

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 5:38am
I notice that "Steve Hunter" last visited the forum on 22 Feb 12:03pm, which was 30 minutes after the first posting from SCIUTDV (Feb 22, 11:33am). At that time, Steve edited two posts.

His first post of Feb 19 currently says:
Steve Hunter wrote:Unfortunately yet another needless loss of life on Londons roads.

Also unfortunately I know the circumstances of todays incident, wrong place at wrong time, and certainly in this instance I don't think we can really lay the blame on the driver of the lorry.

The lorry was turning left. The lorry, was already manoeuvring when the cyclist tried to pass the lorry on the left hand side to either attempt to turn left or go straight ahead, unfortunately there wasn't room.

I see too many cyclists try and squeeze down the left hand side of lorries and buses at junctions when I'm riding in London, lorries do need to be safer but a lot of cyclists really do need to accept a bit more responsibility for the way they cut through traffic.

This is the same text as reohn quoted on Feb 20, except for the third paragraph, which read, as quoted by reohn2:

Steve Hunter wrote:The lorry was turning left and was indicating and had audible warnings. The lorry, which I was behind, was already manoeuvring when the cyclist passed me on the left and then tried to pass the lorry on the left hand side to either attempt to turn left or go straight ahead, unfortunately there wasn't room.

So it appears that Steve removed the reference to the lorry "indicating and had audible warnings". He also removed "which I was behind".

Steve's second post, Feb 20 6:08pm, is more heavily edited. The following two paragraphs were removed:

Steve Hunter wrote:The lorry approached the filter indicating left and started to manoeuvre, I was positioned behind the lorry in a central lane position as I was going straight across at the junction, the cyclist came down the left hand side of me and then went down the left hand side of the lorry as it was turning left.

Luckily for me I didn't see the actual impact as was past the lorry at the time, and to be honest I cannot remember if it had side rails or not, however I did find out today that this was the case and that it was all caught on camera as the lorry had CCTV camera coverage.
In short, there are no longer claims that Steve was behind the lorry, or saw indicators or heard audible warnings, or was even there at all.

Make of that what you will.

(In the interests of open honesty, I moderate another phpBB forum. I can edit other people's posts, and there is no indication that I have done so. Hence, it is possible that a moderator has edited Steve's posts, perhaps in addition to any edits made by Steve. This is merely a possibility; I don't doubt the integrity of this forum's moderators.)

Re: Another cyclist death: left-turning lorry

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 2:30am
kwackers wrote:I'm guessing this means that despite all the discussion and victim blaming we don't actually know that she cycled up the inside of a lorry indicating left after all(?)

That's my concern too,as I (possibly naively) took the word of the eye witness account to be valid,however...

Re: New Peak District routes?

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 1:57am
MikeF wrote:The problem with many of routes such as this is that money is not put aside for maintenance. It's all very well creating these facilities, but often after a few years they deteriorate because of lack of maintenance and/or poor design.
Vegetation is often a main problem - not just the small stuff which can be trimmed back, but also the trees which are often allowed to grow. It doesn't matter what the surface, anything more than scrub on the sides of a path is a potential problem and overhanging trees will definitely be a problem. Drainage also is often not given any thought.

+1
We're not very good at maintenance where footpaths and other offroad tracks and trails are concerned

Re: lorry passing too close

CTC Forum - On the road - 8 March 2015 - 1:01am
I'll do that, thanks.

Guide books for La Velodyssee in France

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 8 March 2015 - 12:38am
I'm cycling from Bordeaux to Roscoff in May, following the Velodyssee route. I've discovered that I can get specific guide books to the route in French from a French supplier (Cartovelo), but wonder if there are other guides available in the UK (and therefore possibly in English)? If not I may try to manage without a guide book, but wonder if this is inadvisable. Has anyone ridden this route without a guide book? Cheers.
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